Rikers Debate Project Working Groups

Below are descriptions of all the work groups you can get involved in. To learn more about any of these groups or to join one of these groups, fill out our interest form or email us at rikersdebateteam@gmail.com

Workstream

Name

Workstream

Description

OPERATIONS

This workstream focuses on handling RDP’s relationship with its legal and banking partners (Davis Polk and PNC, respectively), gaining/maintain tax-exempt status, and litigation/legal strategy.

UNIVERSITY RELATIONS

This workstream coordinates with universities in order to recruit volunteers, gain resources, or potentially open up new branches.

COMMUNICATIONS

This workstream handles RDP’s communications with the outside community, handling social media, the website, and potential media opportunities.  

ADVOCACY

This workstream handles the organization’s political activity and legislative efforts, which are focused on increasing the well-being and quality of life of students, both during and after their incarceration.

FUNDRAISING

This workstream focuses on raising funds for RDP’s operations.

EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

This workstream focuses on putting together teach-ins, panels, and social events to introduce RDP to the community at large, including the public debates with  our students.

CLASS MANAGEMENT

This workstream focuses on making sure the GRVC and Rosie classes keep attendance, have a large resource of new cases to pull from, and develops the overall curriculum.

RE-ENTRY

This workstream focuses on life for our students after they leave Rikers, including if they are sent to a different facility. The group also works to connect students with the different resources they might need as they reintegrate into society.

EXPANSION

This workstream focuses on opening new debate classes on Rikers Island and elsewhere.

Do you live in DC or Chicago? We are actively opening up chapters there.

Live somewhere else? This group will support you in starting a Rikers Debate chapter.

IMPACT ANALYSIS

This workstream focuses on constantly evaluating RDP’s overall utility, focusing on designing metrics to determine the program’s impact on students.

RIKERS PROGRAMS COORDINATION

This workstream coordinates with other programs on Rikers Island to better share resources and communicate issues to appropriate DOC personnel. This group works to create new partnerships with the other NGOs and service providers on Rikers and coordinate across programs to improve the experiences of our students.

LEGAL RESEARCH AND PRO BONO PROJECTS

This workstream oversees Rikers Debate Project’s summer legal internship program. The group also identifies new areas where research is necessary and partners with attorneys who can support these projects on a pro bono basis.

SPANISH CLASS

This workstream focuses on developing materials for and planning the launch/maintenance of classes in Spanish. One of these classes will launch Summer 2017 on Rikers.